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where is Recife in brazil

The city of Recife [féi] (Portuguese: Recife) is located on the Atlantic coast and is the capital of the state of Pernambuco, the fifth largest city in Brazil and the largest city in northeastern Brazil. Recife has a history of 500 years.

On December 26, 2019, it ranked 178th in the 2019 Global Top 500 Cities List.

City Profile

Recife, a port city in northeastern Brazil, a historical city, an important sea and air base in Brazil, and the capital of the state of Pernambuco. It is located south of Cape Blanco at the eastern end of the South American continent. The urban area consists of a mainland, a peninsula and an island, and is divided vertically and horizontally by numerous rivers and channels, connected by iron bridges and stone bridges. Known as the Venice of Brazil.

The urban area has an area of ​​209 square kilometers and a population of about 1.5 million (2011) . Greater Recife has an area of ​​2,210 square kilometers and a population of about 3.205 million. Most are of European descent, but there are also Africans, American Indians and a considerable number of mestizos. The religion is mainly Catholic.

The climate is hot and humid, the highest temperature is 32°, the lowest temperature is 17°, the annual average temperature is 24°C, and there is trade wind adjustment. The average annual precipitation is 1760 mm, and it is concentrated from March to August.

The mainland is rich in agricultural and animal husbandry products. Industries include textile, sugar, food, cigarette, oil extraction, chemical, cement, metallurgy, shipbuilding and other departments. It is a modern and excellent seaport with coral reef barriers, which can berth ocean-going ships and export sucrose, cotton, vegetable oil, grain, fruit, leather, sisal, etc. It is a railway and highway transportation hub. There is an international airport.

The mainland part of the city is a cultural and residential area, the island is a commercial center, with cinemas and restaurants; the peninsula is a port area, with exquisite colonial-era buildings, banks and consulates beside the spacious streets; the outer towns are industrial areas, railways, highways, Air traffic is developed and an international airport is built. The city has the country’s major bank branches and American, French, Italian companies.

Institutions of higher learning include the Federal University of Pernambuco, the Federal University of Technology and the University of Technology, etc., and medical institutions include more than 40 hospitals and nursing homes. Other cultural facilities include research institutes, museums, zoos and botanical gardens and churches. There are nature reserves, national parks, beaches and other tourist attractions nearby. The terminus of the transatlantic submarine cable.

Geographical location

The transportation map of Recife is strategically located near Cape Brata, the easternmost point of the South American continent, only 47 kilometers away from the port of Suape, Bozhou. The Port of Suape is a new comprehensive port and one of the most important ports in northeastern Brazil. It can berth ocean-going ships and can load and unload oil, liquefied gas, bulk materials and containers. It is almost equidistant from the main ports in Europe, America, South Africa and Argentina (about 4,000 nautical miles). In addition, there is sufficient water here. With the approval of the federal government, the port of Suape is being developed as an industrial processing zone.


The huge colorful bull for the new year has been hung up. In the seventeenth century, Dutch rulers controlled Recife. Once, the governor of the Netherlands built Brazil’s first bridge in the city center, but after the bridge was built, the finances have been exhausted. So, the governor came up with a solution. He told the common people that as long as they crossed the bridge on New Year’s Eve, they could see a cow fly across the river. Of course, they had to pay a certain amount of money to cross the river. That night, the people crossed the bridge shoulder to shoulder to see the flying cows. After the governor had collected enough money, he dragged a fake cow across the river through the ropes attached to the treetops on both sides of the river, making the people shouted and fooled.

But since then, hanging a colored bull across the river has become a unique custom in Recife to welcome the New Year. Whenever the New Year’s fireworks bloom in the sky, this colorful cow will float across the river to cheer up the New Year in Recife.

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